Capital: Lisbon

Population: 10,604,294 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Official Languages: Portuguese, Mirandese

Unofficial Languages: Spanish, and other minority languages

Main Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Portuguese, African descendants, and other minorities

Largest Cities: Lisbon, Porto, Amadora, Braga

Main Sport: Football, Wrestling, Cycling

Political System: Republic; Parliamentary Democracy

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Good Friday (March 25)

Easter Sunday (March 27)

Freedom Day (April 25) 

Labour Day (May 1)

Azores Day (May 16)

Portugal National Day (June 10)

St Anthony’s Day (June 13)

St John’s Day (June 24)

Madeira Day (July 1)

Assumption of Mary (August 15)

Immaculate Conception (December 8)

Christmas (December 24-25)


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